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Dec. 26, 2018 — Return of a familiar name

The words “Samaras” and “Annapolis” are, together, synonymous with success in girls’ and women’s lacrosse.

Whether it was family matriarch Cathy Samaras running her lacrosse company Synapse Sports, or daughters Cory, Crista, and Stephy earning Division I All-America status after prepping at Annapolis (Md.), there has been a certain magic when it comes to the marriage of the two entities.

In the spring of 2019, there will be a return to the coaching box for Stephy Samaras, who has been the assistant coach for Annapolis for the last four years, but she’s assuming all of the responsibility this coming season. She has no illusions as to how difficult the task is, given the competitiveness in Anne Arundel County as well as the number of backyards rivals who have won championships. The last decade has seen Annapolis Broadneck (Md.), Severna Park (Md.), and Edgewater South River (Md.) win titles.

But Samaras has also noted that the balance of competition has shifted from the quality public-school programs to the schools in the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland, notably Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) and Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.).

“I think if you live in Annapolis and you have money, you don’t go to Annapolis High School,” Samaras told The Capital Gazette. “If everyone who lived in Annapolis went to the public high school, there wouldn’t be a conversation about what’s happened at Annapolis. The connection between Annapolis and the schools and programs that feed into it is lost.”

Finding it again is a mission which will take some time, but it will be fun to see how the program matures with her at the helm.

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